It wasn’t so very long ago that Americans who wanted to taste high quality craft beers had to book a trip abroad or plan on building their own home brewing kit. This was particularly true for residents in the Southern states, where Draconian laws regarding alcohol content left beer drinkers forced to consume mass market brews that were barely tastier than tap water. The times have changed, though, and a loosening of the liquor laws has seen all kinds of great little micro-breweries begin to pop up. As far as Charleston breweries go, the success stories don’t come much better than the one that is currently being told at Holy City Brewing.


The changes to the liquor laws created little pockets of craft beer lovers across the country. Out West, Portland became the place for quality beers, and it quickly became apparent that Charleston was going to be the place on the opposite coast where delicious new craft beers would be born. Some Charleston breweries opened their doors with hopes of conquering North America, while others, like Holy City Brewing, wanted to use their considerable beer making skills to create beers that the people of South Carolina, and Charleston in particular, could call their own.

Holy City Brewing was born when four men – Joel Carl, Sean Nemitz, Mac Minaudo, and Chris Brown – teamed up to share their passion for beer and Charleston. All four had experience in the beer industry in one way or another, and Carl and Nemitz had already created a bunch of their own beers through their own home brewing system. Minaudo had warehouse space begging to be used, so the four men seized the opportunity to deliver a product that the people of Charleston would love. It has been a little over four years since the launch of Holy City Pilsner, and the success of that tasty, German-inspired beauty has led to an expanded line that includes a number of seasonal offerings.

Holy City Brewing doesn’t just want to be a faceless entity that cranks out beer to the masses. They want to be able to share their success with the people of Charleston. After all, it was those people who helped make Holy City one of the most loved Charleston breweries, so why not have them over like you would any other friend? The Tap Room, which is an extension of the brewery, is a place where people can come and eat, drink, and share their love of great craft beer. There are often live bands there to entertain, and even if you don’t feel like sticking around, visitors can always pop in and have a growler filled with their favorite Holy City brew. Plan ahead with Crafted Charleston to get a tour of the brewery to see just how that beer is made.

For beer lovers, life is just too short to waste time with light beers that have no flavor. The people of Charleston don’t have to ever do that, not as long as the doors to Holy City Brewing remain open.


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